After the death of her son, First Lady Grace Coolidge coped with her grief by concentrating on refurbishing the White House. She worked to bring back to the mansion historic pieces and original furnishings that had been removed at one time or another. One piece of furniture that caught her attention was Abraham Lincoln's bed.
The Lincoln Bed is a monstrous rosewood bed measuring almost 8 feet long and 6 feet wide. First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln purchased the bed in 1861 when she was redecorating the White House. According to historians, it is unlikely that President Lincoln ever slept in the bed but, unfortunately, his son Willie Lincoln died in it in 1862. The bed occupied various guests bedrooms in the White House and was moved around within the mansion by subsequent occupants until First Lady Nellie Taft had it moved to storage. First Lady Grace Coolidge moved it into the master bedroom and she and President Coolidge slept in it. She ever crocheted a bedspread for it. In 1945 First Lady Bess Truman had the bed moved again into the southeast suite of the White House which was renamed the "Lincoln Bedroom" and the bed has remained there. First Lady Barbara Bush had the original horsehair mastress replaced but there were still complaints from guests that the matress was lumpy.